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The Imperfect Art of Caring
November 25, 2021
One small act can make a big difference
Violet Strong is strong by name but not by nature, or so she thinks. She listens but never talks about herself. She’s friendly but doesn’t have many real friends. She’s become good at keeping people at a distance ever since she left home at eighteen and never looked back.
But when Violet is forced to return home to care for her estranged mother Glenys, she quickly finds out that life as a carer isn’t easy. Feeling overwhelmed, she’s forced to turn to the other local carers, including childhood friend Adam, for help. Although returning home still feels like a mistake, maybe it will help Violet right some wrongs. After all, she can’t keep running from her past forever, and in learning to look after others, perhaps Violet can start to finally love herself.
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Jessica Ryn has done it again! A brilliant meaningful read.
A sense of community has been a holding force during the last 18 months. The pandemic has highlighted the need to preserve our communities. So many people have been living in isolation that this new freedom permitted by our government is a scary prospect, for many. I for one have hidden behind the pandemic excluding myself from many opportunities that my local community has to offer. If it was not for a small band of women from the local running group, I would have been quite happy staying in my home, telling myself it was for the best. We can all hide ourselves away because we find it easier to exist, but are we really living to our full potential? By hiding ourselves away we are not only cheating ourselves out of a full meaningful life, but also the communities we live in, so get out there, smile and say hello to your community. You never know the full impact you have until you try.
Violet, a book loving blogger, is content living in her own bubble, working and blogging, and has managed the art of interacting that allows her to keep others at arm’s length. That way no one gets hurt. Violet has her books, that’s all she needs.
It is not until she is forced to return home to care for her mother, whom she hasn’t spoken to since she was a teenager, that Violet starts to let others into her life. The return to her childhood home forces Violet to face the past, a past that has carved out her life and dictated her every move. It is only when Violet is compelled to let others into her life that she is able to face the past and start to truly live her life.
We have all had or are still being held back from events from our past – The Imperfect Art of Caring highlights the fact that when the past is holding us back we need to face those demons to enable us to move forward with our lives.
The Imperfect Art of Caring is another brilliant, meaningful story by Jessica Ryn that made me laugh, cry and evaluate my role in the community. Jessica’s writing brings the characters to life and sculptures the story in the reader’s mind. Jessica Ryn is becoming one of my favourite authors.
I would recommend The Imperfect Art of Caring– An ideal book to take on holiday
I received AR in exchange for an honest review